After activating Verity, you can start customizing the theme under My Sites → Customize. There, you can change your background color, upload a Custom Header image, set your Site Logo, and choose a Custom Menu to customize your site.
Verity supports both Custom Header Images and a Header Video. To modify either of them on your site, navigate to Customize → Header Media.
For the Header Video, you can link to any video hosted on YouTube. With WordPress.com Premium or Business, you also have the option to upload your own video in
.mp4 format. Smaller file sizes will make your site load more quickly, so try to optimize your file to reduce its size as much as possible. The absolute maximum file size you can upload is 8MB.
The video will automatically play silently in the header area, and visitors will see a Play/Pause toggle button at the center.
You can also add a Header Image to display a large photograph at the top of your site. If you add both a video and an image, the image will be used as a placeholder to display while the video loads, and will be shown on smaller screens where videos may be harder to serve over mobile networks.
Header Media Text
For Header Media Text, navigate to Customize → Theme Options → Header Media Text
Just in case, if you want to highlight your Header Text only, Verity gives you the option to hide your Header Image as well and gives your website a clean look with a strong and bold headline.
Verity offers two types of site layouts — Boxed and Full-Width.
Setting Up Your Front Page
When you first activate Verity, your homepage displays posts in a traditional blog format. To set up your homepage, follow these steps:
- Create a page. Don’t forget to add Featured Image.
- Go to the Customizer’s Homepage Settings panel and set “Your homepage displays” to “A static page.”
- Select the page created in Step One as “Front page,” and choose another page as “Posts page” to display your blog posts.
Verity‘s front page displays, in order: Portfolio, Static Front Page, Testimonials and Recent Posts
Here’s a breakdown of the theme’s front page, as shown on Verity’s demo site.
Portfolio Section & Section Title
Verity lets you showcase your three latest Portfolio items directly on the front page. Simply create your portfolio post and they’ll display on your front page. Learn how to enable and set up Portfolio feature.
You can also set a title for the Portfolio Section by navigating to Customize → Portfolio → Portfolio Archive Title.
Testimonials Section & Section Title
Verity lets you showcase your three latest Testimonial items directly on the front page. Simply create your testimonials post and they’ll display on your front page. Learn how to enable and set up Testimonials feature.
You can also set a title for the Testimonials Section by navigating to Customize → Testimonials → Testimonials Archive Title.
Featured Content Section & Section Title
Verity comes with Featured Content, which displays three posts in its featured content section. Draw in visitors’ attention with a Featured Image and show off your best posts. The featured content displays prominently above the regular posts. Featured Content is displayed only if the front page is set to display latest posts.
Then, follow these easy steps:
- First make sure your Front Page Displays is set to “Your latest posts.” To do this, navigate to Customize → Homepage Settings and set “Front page displays” to “Your latest posts.”
- Then, go to Customize → Featured Content, and set a tag under Tag Name like “featured” in Featured Content.
You can also set a title for the Featured Content Section by navigating to Customize → Featured Content → Featured Content Archive Title.
You can choose from two different menu styles in Verity. To change the style, navigate to Customize → Theme Options → Menu Style:
- Classic — Your menu is displayed, right after site title and tagline.
- Compact — Your menu is hidden behind a “Menu” button at the top right corner, before header search.
Social Links Menu
Verity supports a Social Links Menu in the site header. Add a custom link with the URL to your social media profile (e.g. https://twitter.com/your-name) and the corresponding icon will appear.
The following sites will automatically display their icons in your menu:
- Email (
- RSS Feed (urls with
Verity features four areas to place Widgets — each representing a column in the footer.
The column widths will automatically adjust depending on how many footer widget areas are active. For example, if only two out of four are active, the columns will be split in halves rather than fourths.
Verity supports a Site Logo. Image dimensions of 100×100 are recommended.
Verity comes with a “Full-Width, No Sidebar” Page Template to give you more space for your content. It’s the perfect way to showcase a large gallery of images or videos.
Verity supports Content Options and allows you to show or hide the author bio, date, categories, tags, or featured images.